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Will of John Packham

of Headcorn, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC 17/Vo74/Fo59, 1676/7
Transcribed by Mike Cozens
In the name of God Amen I John Packham of Headcorn in the County of Kent Yeoman this Seventeenth day of August In the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred seventy six being in good health of body and of sound and perfect mind and memory Thanks be to Almighty God I do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following - ffirst and principally I commend my soul into the hands of God my maker hoping assuredly of my salvation for the merits of Jesus Christ my Saviour and Redeemer And my body I committ to the earth to be decently buried by my Executor hereafter named And touching the Disposition of my goods chattels and personal Estate I give and bequeath to the poore people of the parish of Headcorn aforesaid the Sume of forty shillings of lawfull money of England to be paid within one month next after my decease

Item I give and bequeath unto my two Grandsonnes John and William Packham one long joyned table and forms and six joyned stools now standing in the hall of the house wherein I now dwell but my will is that my sonne Richard shall have the use of the same soe long as he liveth

Item I give and bequeath unto my said Grandsonne John Packham one bedsteddle and feather bed and curtains and vallence and all the furniture belonging to the same now being the hall Chamber of my said dwelling house
Item I give and bequeath unto my Grand sonne William Packham one bedsteddle one flock bed and all the furniture thereunto belonging now being in the chamber next the hall Chamber in the South end of the house of my now dwelling aforesaid
Item I give unto my said Grandsonne William one joyned chest in the hall chamber and one brasse kettle
Item I give unto my said Grandsonne John Packham one brasse brewing furnace
Item I give and bequeath unto my said Grandsonnes John and William two cupboards

Item I give unto my cousen John Roberts the Sume of forty shillings of lawfull money of England to be paid by my Executor within one year next after my decease

The rest and residue of all my goods and chattels and all my moneys linnen bedding pewter brasse utensills of husbandry and personall estate whatsoever I give and bequeath unto my said sonne Richard Packham And do hereby make and ordain my said sonne Richard Packham sole Executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former and other wills by me the said John Packham at any time heretofore made and I do hereby make William Hentler? of Lenham in the said County Yeoman overseer of this my will And give unto him forty shillings to be paid within one month after my decease

This is the last will and Testament of me the said John Packham made the day and year first above written touching on the disposal of my messuages lands tenements and herreditaments first I do hereby give bequeath and devise unto my (my) sonne Richard Packham All my messuages lands tenements and herreditaments whatsoever and wheresoever To have and and to hold unto him my said sonne Richard Packham and his assigns for and during the term? of his natural life Provided that if my said sonne Richard shall not pay unto my grandsonne John Packham the sume of forty shillings per annum of lawfull money of England at the feast days of annunciation? of the the blessed Virgin Mary and St Michael the Archangell by equal part and the first payment to begin at the first of the said feasts next happening after my decease and the like sume of forty shillings in the same manner and form unto my Grandsonne William Packham

That then my said Grandsonnes John and William shall have and enjoy the rents issues and profits of the said messuages land herreditaments and premises until they the said John and William Packham respectively their Executors and assigns shall be thereof satisfied And from and after the decease of my said sonne Richard Packham I do hereby give and devise all my said messuages lands tenements and herreditaments unto my said grandsonnes John Packham and William Packham and their heirs and assigns for ever In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written The Mark of John Packham Signed sealed published and declared to be the last will and testament of the said John Packham in the presence of
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Probate dated 16th February 1676/77 Executor Richard Packham

Notes
1 Written after Richard Packham's first wife Elizabeth Skeere, the mother of John & William had died in May 1675 and Richard had married Jane Whettcombe in Dec 1675
2 John was buried at Headcorn on the 8th January 1676/77
3 Richard was buried at Headcorn on the 18th May 1694


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